Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
This film entails the essence of everything I love about going to the movies.
Perfect: this film works on every level. Finally got to see it on a big screen, which was fantastic. One of my childhood favorites, and I was glad to discover that the magic hasn't faded one bit.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I liked it better than Temple and not as much as crusade. Enjoyable movie.
Direction - ★★★★
Acting - ★★★★★
Writing - ★★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★★
Visual Effects - ★★★★
Music/Score - ★★★★
Editing - ★★★★
Sound - ★★★★
Costume Design - ★★★★★
Its connection to the old serials goes deeper than its breathlessness. Scenes like the drinking contest, or the early (terrifying) indications of the Ark's power, aren't just establishing moments--they're miniature adventures that are just as self-contained as the action sequences proper. Instant knowledge before instant gratification. That's why it can "mourn" for Marion so deeply within fifteen minutes of meeting her. Given the finality of its premise (no bauble, even a religious one, can outrank knowing the existence of God), the sequels can feel extraneous--like a cheat. But who wants to call anyone out for wanting more? That's the whole point. Every time you come back to this one, it seems like more of a bummer that we never got any bona fide World War II adventures. Still, the setpieces of Indy's private war against the Nazis make for a tremendous stand-in.
"Yes, that's just what the Hebrews thought..."
An action packed thrill ride.
I like the opening scene more than I like the actual movie itself.
How does this still manage to get better with every watch? Raiders is cinematic gold. Pure and simple.
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